Michael Morpurgo Jeremy Bowen Laura Carlin
The Kites Are Flying
April 16, 2019 Comments.. 342
The Kites Are Flying TV reporter Morpurgo visited the West Bank and befriended a Palestinian boy named Said Said does not speak He makes kites Morpurgo s poignant account of the experience about how Palestinian and Jewish

  • Title: The Kites Are Flying
  • Author: Michael Morpurgo Jeremy Bowen Laura Carlin
  • ISBN: 9781406317985
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • TV reporter Morpurgo visited the West Bank and befriended a Palestinian boy named Said Said does not speak He makes kites Morpurgo s poignant account of the experience about how Palestinian and Jewish children live with the Wall is a message of dreams for peace and hope for all children.

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    1. Beccy says:

      Whilst most children who read Morpurgo's stories will know him for his animal tales, this is the story of a child's life in Palestine.Told in turn by an adult film maker and Palestian 8 year old, Said, The Kites are Flying is a simple, beautiful depiction of the physical loss war creates and the hope and humanity it can foster in those ensnared in it.Mr Max, the filmaker, and Said are brought together under the kite tree in Said's village, which looks out onto the dividing wall between Palestine [...]

    2. Rahmadiyanti says:

      "Every time I fly a kite I'm thinking it's me up there, and that I'm far away from all this down here, far away from the soldiers and the checkpoints and the tanks. Up there I'm out of it. I go whereever the wind takes me and no one can stop me. No soldiers, no checkpoints, no tanks." (Mahmoud)Flying kite –maybe— is an ordinary activity for children in a country with normal condition, but not in Palestine. Read this paragraph, written by Ramzy Baroud about his childhood, that I quoted from:f [...]

    3. Pally Chohan says:

      The kites are flying is an intriguing yet sad story, the story follows a western reporter on the West Bank, who befriends a young boy called Said, Said is a Palestinian chid who has faced great loss in his life due to the occupation. The story centres on him talking to his brother who has died. They are both so different and initially Said does not speak due to the trauma he has faced of losing his brother. They quickly develop into friends. The ending is surprising as Said does begin to speak, [...]

    4. Amrit says:

      Morpurgo presents a very political issue in the most subtle manner, but unravels the reality of the conflict as the book progresses, broken up by abstract illustrations. The story is based within the Israel and Palestine conflict on West bank in a village outside a settlement. This is the first book I have ever read from Morpurgo and am pleasantly surprised. From the front cover I instantly thought of an adventure story, but this was not the case and I could not put it down.The conflict is shown [...]

    5. Virginia says:

      Another engaging book by Morpurgo. A televison reporter sets out to create a story about life on both sides of the dividing wall in the West Bank. He encounters a shepherd boy, Said, who is making a kite. He comes to realise that Said does not speak at all, but suspects that there must be a story in this encounter, so he persists in trying to engage Said. Said writes a message on his kite and appears to surrender it to the wind. A wheelchair-bound girl on the other side of the wall picks it up w [...]

    6. Inas says:

      This is the first book by Michael Morpurgo that I've read. I bought it in a Book Sale for a really cheap price, but the content inside is far from cheap. This is a story of an English Reporter named Max who goes to Palestine to film what the life is like on both sides of the wall that divided the Palestinians and the Israeli. He meets an 8-year-old boy named Said who loves to make kites and fly them. Max soon realizes that there are simply some things that cannot be expressed by words and must b [...]

    7. Adele Broadbent says:

      This story is told in two view points – one a journalist called Max and one an 8 yr old shepherd boy.The journalist is filling in a diary about his travels and what he is doing each day. He writes of seeing a shepherd boy alone on a hill with his sheep and how he doesn’t speak. He is making a kite. He is fascinated with the journalist’s new video camera so he shows the boy how to use it and the boy videos his sheep and surroundings.When the boy is leaving with his sheep, the journalist fol [...]

    8. Indi says:

      'I judge a book by its cover',adalah sebuah aklamasi yang tertera di bagian bio laman milik saya. Kalimat tersebut sudah menjadi semacam belief bagi saya dalam memilih buku, karena di dalam buku bersampul indah, most likely, alur ceritanya akan indah juga.Ya memang tidak bisa digeneralisasikan ke semua buku sih, tapi belief itulah yang saya yakini dan amalkan saat melihat sampul buku The Kites are Flying! ini.Pertama lihat buku ini di pameran buku Big Bad Wolf Books di BSD pada Mei 2016. Tanpa [...]

    9. Rachel says:

      "Every time I fly a kite little brother, I'm thinking it's me up there, and that I'm far away from all this down here, far away from the soldiers and the checkpoints and the tanks. Up there I'm out of it. I go wherever the wind takes me, and no one can stop me. No soldiers, no checkpoints, no tanks"

    10. Thomas says:

      A very quick read but not up to Michael Morpurgo normal standard but none the less a four. (three and a half) an interesting book abutted lifetime of a little boy growing up in the conflicts in Palestine.

    11. Nadine Larter says:

      A sweet and rather poignant book about the wall dividing Israel and Palestine. Very sad, but also hopeful. A good book for children I think, despite the seriousness of the content.

    12. Mike Joseph says:

      A film director, Max, has a flight going to Jerusalem. Starting his day with regret, having a bad day, traffic, delayed flight, and a seatmate that's terrified at a turbulence. While in Jerusalem, Said, a traumatized kid after his brother died in front of his eyes, is talking to his dead brother everynight while lying in bed. Said is sitting under his favorite tree when Max saw him after he got out of the bus that he came with. And that's where a friendship starts between two different people wi [...]

    13. Bivisyani Questibrilia says:

      A short and sweet story about the Palestine-Israel conflict through the eyes of a Palestinian boy and a British reporter. It's definitely started out as something rather dark, but not too grotesque, which makes it still suitable for children. The narrative is packed with words, so it's still an interesting book to read for young adult (or even adults). The illustrations are less a representation of the scenes, but rather used as an emotional symbolism—to impress the readers with certain emotio [...]

    14. Jihan Amalia says:

      The message sent is clear: War needs to stop.Victims of war, which the book strongly points out, are including children. Many has suffered seeing their son, daughter, cousin, nephew, or friend taken away because of war. They are taken from what they should have had: childhood, happiness, family, voice — life, even.I thank the author for telling us readers that there is a hope for peace and an end of war as long as there is hope and real action to make it happen.

    15. A Severs says:

      Very powerful. The shortness means reading in one sitting is a must to get the full effect of the ending.

    16. Indah Threez Lestari says:

      213 - 2017

    17. Rebecca Stonehill says:

      Beautiful book. I read this to my children and it was a good way to introduce the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    18. Faidz Zainal Abidin says:

      Light is only light when you've seen how dark the dark is

    19. Irina Locmele says:

      Very touching story. Worth to read and remember.

    20. Anne Hamilton says:

      Three and a half stars. In some ways reminiscent of One More River and Broken Bridge by Lynne Reid Banks, though for a much younger audience. A similar theme — though Banks' stories have much more depth.Again Morpurgo employs the framing story which is almost his trademark. This enables him to deploy adults strategically in children's stories, and to observe the world through multiple sets of generational eyes.In this case a reporter has come to a Palestinian village. He observes a shepherd bo [...]

    21. Hannah says:

      The story follows TV reporter Max’s experiences in the West Bank as he makes a film about the wall that divides the Israelis and the Palestinians. He meets a Palestinian boy called Said, and is intrigued by the kites that he makes. Each kite is lovingly made and inscribed with a message of peace, and Said lets them fly across the wall to the children who live on the other side. The pair strike up a friendship and soon Max learns the story of the tragic death of Said’s brother. Throughout the [...]

    22. Andy Turner says:

      Emotional, moving, deep and uplifting. Like the authors other book 'The Mozart Question', this is also a story within a story within a story. Written in two styles, that of the diary of a journalist film maker and that of the voice of a Palestinian boy, the version I read is illustrated thoughtfully. Juxtaposing peace and war, unity and division, fear and hope, foe and friend, nightmares and dreams, danger and safety, wrong and right, anger and regret, abilities, disabilities and death, a story [...]

    23. Nesa Sivagnanam says:

      A television reporter’s extraordinary experience in the West Bank reveals how children’s hopes and dreams for peace and unity can fly higher than any wall built to divide communities and religions.Travelling to the West Bank to witness how life is for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall, journalist Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said. Together the two sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes another of his kites. As Max is wel [...]

    24. Ricky says:

      I was looking forward to reading this story after reading War Horse and Private Peaceful which I thought were both wonderful. I know The kites Are Flying was aimed at a younger audience, but I felt this book didn't hit the mark with enough impact and imagination. The illustrations were nice and I was left feeling there was a great opportunity missed to say something really important and leave you with a real sense of hope and urgency for a change in this desperate situation in Palestine. The sto [...]

    25. Johara Almogbel says:

      This book, while well-intentioned, trivializes the war crimes, genocide, and intentioned murder that the apartheid Israeli colonist has been committing on the Palestinians ever since they siezed the country of Palestine and the lands from them. It's all well to say both sides should just be nicer to each other, while simultaneously ignoring the atrocities done by the occupiers and painting them as peaceful people that merely live on the other side of a wall. Settlements are by their very nature [...]

    26. Gill says:

      Michael Murpurgo has a style of writing that enables the imagination to freely engage in his work. It is both concise and powerful. This book really made me try bto imagine the impact on the everyday life of an 8 year old child of war and a dividing wall. But the innocence of children has a lot to teach us for them there are no barriers to friendship. Hate is absorbed from adults. The illustrations in this book are great they have a heightened sense about them that enhances the subject matter.

    27. Tanja says:

      As with most of Michael Morpurgo's stories, I was deeply moved by the main character's perseverance in trying to overcome and find a solution to a most difficult and tragic situation: the wall dividing Palestine and Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. The story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I often wonder when reading stories like this one, whether our world would be a better and more peaceful place if children were in charge

    28. Christine says:

      An incredible and painful reminder that the people most hurt by conflict are those who never asked for them. Said, this story's young protagonist, warms and breaks hearts all at once and it could not have been effective without him. It's a quick read–took me all of 30 minutes–but an essential one. We often forget that what's most important is our humanity and this book is a beautiful reminder of that.

    29. Megan says:

      Set in Gaza, this story is told from twin viewpoints of an English reporter and a young Palestinian boy. Michael Morpurgo skilfully reveals just enough about his characters and their motivation to keep you guessing and piecing it all together till the end. The message of hope presented by children is moving and this book would be a great provocation or tuning in for older students inquiring into conflict.

    30. a secret agent fangirl says:

      If I could give this book more than a five-star rating I totally would. It is such a thoughtful idea to write about the suffering of the palestinians. I hope that someday I'll be as thoughtful as Michael Morpurgo

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